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The Creation Station Case Study
Find out how Cathy Huston changed career and now runs her own Creation Station business in Preston.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established10 years
  • Current UK Coverage50%
  • Franchisee Support Staff16
  • Personal Investment Req.£4,000
  • Total Startup Cost£7,999
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
Next Steps

Thinking about changing your career for something more rewarding and flexible?

Find out how mum of two, Cathy Huston, changed career and now runs her own fun children’s art & crafts franchise, The Creation Station in Preston.

Cathy, Why did you start looking to run your own business?

Five years ago, I worked in financial services and want more flexibility around my family. I felt like work was controlling me, I wasn’t in control of my time and wasn’t bringing my children up. I also wanted to do something rewarding and fun!

The Creation Station - Cathy HustonYou’ve been running your Creation Station for 5 years now, have you achieved what you hoped?

Running my own Creation Station franchise has given me the freedom I wanted. I’ve been there for my boys, Ben is now 13 years old and Alex is now 10 years old, and I’m so pleased I haven’t missed out.

I love being my own boss and have developed my own personal skills, learnt many new ones and focused on setting and achieving goals.

What sort of activities do you do?

My week involves a wide range of activities, from marketing and meeting with local businesses to running the fun and educationally based arts and crafts sessions, parties and events for children aged 6 months to 11 years. Being part of a national brand that’s passionate about inspiring imaginations, means there’s lots of support. All the session plans, products, marketing materials, website support plus tops tips on how to grow your business are all available. There are over 100 of us across the UK now and it’s a great network.

What have been some of your challenges and highlights over the past 5 years?

In corporate life I could leave work and switch off, but when you run your own business you’re responsible for the marketing, meetings and making it happen! It takes time to learn how to manage your time effectively.

However, it’s been such an exciting journey!

I hadn’t worked with children before and I love the differences I make. I’ve met so many amazing children and people.

My highlights include the wonderful feedback I’ve received. You don’t always realise the positive impact and the difference you make, this is a huge driver for me.

Looking back over the past 5 years is there anything you would do differently?

No – other than I should have invested in The Creation Station franchise sooner and not stayed in my previous career as long. At the time, it felt like a big step, so I guess I should have been braver sooner!

What would you say to someone reading this and who feels they might like to change their career or run their own rewarding and flexible business?

When you run your own business, you need to be prepared to put the hard work in, because you get out of it want you put it. If you are prepared to do that you can definitely gain lots of fun and freedom.

If Cathy's story has interested you to find out more about The Creation Station franchise then click below

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The Creation Station are pleased to introduce Shobhana SankarThe Creation Station are pleased to introduce Shobhana Sankar

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Introducing Ruth Morris from The Creation Station AberdeenIntroducing Ruth Morris from The Creation Station Aberdeen

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The Creation Station are pleased to introduce Tracy HullThe Creation Station are pleased to introduce Tracy Hull

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The Creation Station welcomes Lois NaylorThe Creation Station welcomes Lois Naylor

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I wanted to have the freedom of choosing my work hours to fit around family life. I knew I wanted to work with children and be my own boss.

Case Study of Neela Jackson The Creation StationCase Study of Neela Jackson The Creation Station

Running my own franchise with a nationwide brand that shared my family and personal values was the obvious choice for me.

Jackie built a business and had time with her pre-school children with The Creation StationJackie built a business and had time with her pre-school children with The Creation Station

Jackie wanted to ensure she had time with her pre-school children but wanted to steadily build a rewarding business that could grow further when they started school.

Lavinia finds success with The Creation StationLavinia finds success with The Creation Station

Lavinia decided she didn’t want to work for someone else but didn’t want to start a business from scratch.

Lucy achieves her dream of working with families in her area with The Creation Station FranchiseLucy achieves her dream of working with families in her area with The Creation Station Franchise

Lucy wanted to give something back to her community and found the values of The Creation Station could help her achieve a fulfilling and rewarding business opportunity.

“Running a Creation Station franchise is so rewarding” Hayley Sugden, Leeds“Running a Creation Station franchise is so rewarding” Hayley Sugden, Leeds

Following the birth of her twins, Hayley Sugden wanted to go back to work and The Creation Station franchise provided everything she wanted.

What Our Franchisees Say

Who wouldn't love the flexibility of this business! I have been running my franchise for just over four years now and I can honestly say it has ticked all of the boxes I had set down from the beginning with making sure the work/life balance fit in around my family.Penny Gilbert


I invested in my Creation Station franchise just over a year ago and haven't looked back since!Sara La Roux


I've been running my franchise for a year and I love running my own business and being in charge of my own future. It has enabled me to enjoy more time with my family than I would otherwise have had and allowed me to see my baby grow into a little boy.Claire Darnley


Why Choose Us

You can run your own flexible business and help inspire children's imaginations with the UK’s leading art & crafts activity company, Us!

Perfectly designed for a Mum who wants a family friendly financially rewarding future.

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